ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan fully supports the Chinese “One Belt One Road” initiative for promotion of intra-regional trade and connectivity.

He was expressing his views over the reservations voiced by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jailtly on the vision of connectivity during a debate on trade, hosted by CNBC in Yokohama, Japan.

The Minister said regional trade, economic cooperation and connectivity is the way forward to realize economic objectives, ensure economic prosperity and check the menacing problem of poverty.

To a query, Ishaq Dar said the economic approach of connectivity is also aimed at eliminating protectionism, abolishing barriers and facilitating trade.

He said another important initiative namely China Pakistan Economic Corridor has been taken, which could not only ensure economic cooperation among China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Iran but will also pave level the playing field for all in terms of economic dividends.